By contrast, the payroll survey seeks information from 140,000 companies and government agencies â¿¿ and they employ roughly one-third of non-farm employees. The employers send forms to the Labor Department or fill out online surveys noting how many people they employ. They also provide wages, hours and other details.Most Americans focus more on the unemployment rate, which comes from the household survey. But economists generally prefer the jobs figure from the payroll survey.
A Tale Of 2 US Employment Surveys, At A Glance
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